The Lake District - Merewood Country House Hotel

Everyone now and then, we all need a little space and my recent visit to the Lake District couldn't have arrived in better timing. 
We all have this fascination of exploring the world, but we rarely stop and explore the own country we're living in.
The Lake District is one of those places that should be on everyone's bucket list, it's an experience unlike anything else, so make the most of it.
I was lucky enough to spend a weekend at the Merewood Country House Hotel, it is nestled amongst the shrubbery and trees, with Windermere lake just below, and let me just say, waking up to a view of a gorgeous lake and enjoying breakfast with a view unlike any other, is something I would gladly experience again.
The hotel is beautiful, it has an old school vintage theme throughout, which of course, matches its surroundings, and its surroundings are something that shouldn't be missed.
The Lake District is any hikers paradise, there is so much to see, do and of course eat (I can't go anywhere unless there are a few good restaurants for me to devour a feast at).
As a special weekend away, I booked in for the seven course sample menu at the Merewood. I'm normally a one plate kind of girl, but seven miniature plates, of divine food seemed right up my street, and I wasn't wrong.
The vegetarian menu was calling my name, but don't get me wrong, I'll always opt for a steak if they're promoting that on a menu, but this time around, the veggie side won me over.
I'll attempt that the course beat me, by the fifth course I was stuffed, but they all looked too pretty for me to do attempt a bite.

Okay, okay, so the food looks gorgeous, right? It really was, and maybe the view helped (no, not you Jack), or maybe it was the bottle of wine? Whichever it was, I'm definitely going to experience a sample menu in the near future, and you should too. Even if you're not the biggest fan of the menu, it is one of this unusual experiences that really live up to the expectations - DO IT, DO IT, DO IT.
One thing is for certain, exploring the UK has become an even bigger note on my bucket list, there is so much here that I sometimes don't think about it and would much rather book a flight and explore a completely different country, but a weekend in the Lake District has changed that for me.
Adventure is out there, but I've still no idea where my next stop will be. If you've got any recommendations, I'm all ears.

Bumble x Junkyard Golf

Comfort zones; it's something we all cling onto, unnecessarily confining ourselves to what we know. 
I finally jumped out of mine, and I think I'll do it a little more often.
Last week I found myself at a Bumble event, sponsored by Junkyard Golf there was no reason for me to turn this down.
Who doesn't like meeting new people over a few drinks and some crazy golf?
I'd normally say me; I'm a bit of a hermit when it comes to meeting new people. I'd much rather cling to what I know than throw myself out into the unknown.
Maybe it's anxiety or just the general fear of being rejected - no one likes being a lone wolf.
Well whatever is was for once I decided to change it up, slap on some makeup, grab some clothes from the wardrobe and hit the town; well the Bumble event in my case.

So by now you're probably like, what on earth is Bumble? It's a dating/BFF app, yes I know, weird right. How can an app be designed to help you find dates and a new best friend?
It's pretty simple and probably the best new app on my phone right now.
As someone who doesn't have very many Northern friends, and ever so guiltily prefers to head back down South to catch up with old friends, the Bumble app has become a little bit of a saviour.
I mean who wants to sit in a bar alone, hoping to catch someone's attention and ask them to be your new BFF? Erm....not me, and I'm probably not alone on that one.
So in essence it's saved me a lot of awkward interactions.
Now I've never been one for dating apps, of course why would I need one. I've been in a relationship for the past six years and things couldn't be better, but this isn't about that type of relationship. It's all about finding those friends who you can call up for a quick drink, or to drag around the high street to help you find the perfect outfit.
A boyfriend is great for some of those instances, but every now and then you need another's opinion.
So as I've said, here I am, at an event that you'd never normally find me at, mingling with people I would never meet under normal circumstances and actually making friends - golf was such a good idea.
Bumble hold regular events like this throughout the year, it gives its users a chance to interact to people they've met through the app, and the chance to meet new people.
For my first Bumble event and first Junkyard Golf experience I'd say it was a winner, mainly because I came second place and I get a little cocky when it comes to competitive games.
The app brought my out of my comfort zone in a positive way, and I can't say many things have done that.
I guess moving from place to place won't be too scary now.
You shouldn't be afraid of trying something different, you should be afraid of not trying it.
Have you ever used an app like this, or would you?

Everyone looks pretty in red

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll know by now that red has become my go-to colour of the season, and by now you're probably getting pretty sick of it, but I can't get enough.
Bring on the red.
There is something so satisfying about opening up your wardrobe and having a collection of clothes that will instantly make you happy. For some reason red has become my happy colour, and I feel absolutely amazing every time I wear it.
I don't know whether it's just me but I find it so stressful finding summer clothes - nothing is ever flattering when you want it to be and two hours later you're still standing in front of your wardrobe on the verge of tears because you've decided you hate every article of clothing and nothing is going to look perfect.
That was me, and it's probably me every single day, but I've finally found my saving grace and I'm never letting go.

I stumbled across this dress on one of my last minute mad dress hunts - I had 30 minutes to find a dress before heading off to a party which was just over an hours drive away, time was not my friend and nor was my mini-breakdown.
Safe to say it saved the day and has now become one of my go-to outfits for when the weather is pelting out some beauties.
Summer dresses and red are a go-go, so grab some comfy heels and let the rest to the talking.
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